Residence for retirees
and rentiers of foreign source:
Special Incentives

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The General Migration Law No. 285-04 states that may be admitted as permanent residents in the Dominican Republic, Dominican or foreign persons that prove to be receiving a monthly income corresponding to a pension or a retirement fund (according to the minimum amount set) of a government, government agency or private company of foreign origin, that express their intention to move their permanent residence to the country and receive the benefits of their pension or retirement fund in the Dominican Republic as long as they do not have any restrictions according to said law.

Special Benefits

Retirees and rentiers who avail themselves to the Law 171-07, shall have the following benefits, according to the conditions and stipulations set forth in this act:

  • a) Exemption from taxes on real estate transfers, for the first property acquired;
  • b) 50% exemption of taxes on mortgages, when the creditor financial institutions are appropriately regulated by the Monetary and Financial Law;
  • c) Exemption of 50% of Real Estate Property Tax, when applicable;
  • d) Exemption from taxes that applies to the payment of dividends and interest, generated in the country or abroad;
  • e) Exemption of 50% of Capital Gains Tax, as long as the rentier is the majority shareholder of the company that is subject to the payment of this tax and that this company is not engaged in commercial or industrial activities.

Additionally, both retirees and rentiers who meet the requirements and conditions established by this law, shall be eligible to the same benefits and exemptions granted to foreign investors citizens living abroad, that allows:

  • a) Obtaining of the permanent residence within 45 days;
  • b) The exemption from taxes on home furnishings and personal assets;
  • c) The partial tax exemption of Motor Vehicles.

Requirements for Applying

The main requirement to qualify as a retiree or rentier resident, and in order to qualify for preferential treatment provision on Law 171-07 on Special Incentives for Pensioners and Rentiers of foreign source, the retiree would have to receive a monthly income of no less than one thousand five hundred dollars (US$1,500.00) and the rentier shall receive a monthly sum equivalent to two thousand dollars (US$2,000.00) or its equivalent in local currency. For each dependent applied in conjunction with the principal applicant, it is require an additional monthly income equal to the sum of two hundred fifty dollars (US$250.00). In addition to presenting a financial document that endorses the required income, you must file:

  • a) Residence application form duly completed and signed;
  • b) Photocopy of the complete passport;
  • c) Authorized medical exams;
  • d) Six (6) photos two by two (2x2);
  • e) Birth Certificate legalized with the Apostille or by the nearest Dominican Consulate and then legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • f) Certificate of good standing, recent, issued by the country where you have resided for the past five (5) years;
  • g) Certificate of good standing issued by the local Attorney's General Office;
  • h) Legalized marriage certificate (if applicable) and;
  • i) Comply with the payment for of the corresponding services.

NOTE: The documents must be deposited in (1) original and four (4) legible copies, except for the complete copy of the applicant's passport, which requires only one (1). If the documentation is not in Spanish, it must be translated by an official translator and then certify in the Attorney General's Office.

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Special zone of
Border Development

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Law No. 28-01 created a Special Development Border Area which covers the provinces of Pedernales, Independencia, Elías Piña, Dajabón, Montecristi, Santiago Rodríguez and Bahoruco (see map below), in order to encourage development and investment in the area and create sources of employment to prevent migration to other more populated areas.

This law places special emphasis on the industrial, agricultural, free zone, tourism, metallurgy and energy sectors; however all types of businesses permitted under Dominican law that get installed within the limits of any province pointed out before, will enjoy the exemptions and special treatment from this legislation.

Incentives to Install

  • 1. Exemption of one hundred percent of domestic taxes, customs duties on raw materials, equipment and machinery and any type of tax for a period of twenty years;
  • 2. Fifty percent off the payment for transit freedom and use of ports and airports
  • 3. Reduction of fifty percent of any other tax, fee or contribution current or future, as long as the twenty years of exemptions are still ongoing.

To examine and approve the projects to be installed, as well as support these companies and manage the corresponding exemptions, the government created the Coordinating Council of the Special Zone for Border Development, institution that also serves as a conciliator and arbiter among stakeholders operating in the region.

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Divorce in Dominican Republic
A Basic Guide

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Divorce in the Dominican Republic is governed by Law No. 1306-BIS dated May 21, 1937 - amended by Law No. 3932 of September 20, 1954 - ; the special Law 142 dated June 4, 1971; and by the Civil Code of the Dominican Republic.

According to the motives for the termination of the marriage, the nationalities of the spouses and the residence place, Dominican law recognizes three types of divorce: Quick or Expedite Divorce (uncontested process available to foreigners and Dominican residing abroad only), Divorce by Mutual Consent (uncontested divorce for local and foreigners) and the Divorce by Specific Reason (contested divorce for locals and foreigners married in the country). Let's take a closer look at the features and procedures to be followed in each case.

Quick or Expedite Divorce

This is a non-appealable process available only for foreigners or Dominicans residing abroad, in which both spouses agree to the terms of the dissolution of their marriage.

The advantages of this type of divorce are:

  • a) No age restriction for the spouses;
  • b) It has no time restriction on the marriage and;
  • c) The processing time is shorter.
The completion time for the quick or expedite divorce is usually 3-30 days after the documents submission, and at least one spouse must be present at the divorce hearing.

The essential required documents are:

  • a) Complete copy of the cedula (Dominicans) or passport (foreigners);
  • b) Original or certified copy of the marriage certificate legalized with the Apostille or by the nearest Dominican consulate if it was issued abroad;
  • c) Original or certified copy of the birth certificate of minor children legalized with the Apostille or by the nearest Dominican consulate, if they were issued abroad;
  • d) Separation agreement signed before a Notary Public legalized with the Apostille or by the nearest Dominican consulate.

Divorce by Mutual Consent

The divorce by mutual consent is permitted only for marriages with at least two years and no more than thirty years of common life, and only when the husband has less than sixty years and the wife less than fifty. This divorce is available for Dominican citizens and foreigners residing or married in the country.

It is also a non-appealable process and it usually does not require the presence of the spouses at the hearing.

The necessary documents are similar to those requested for the quick or expedite divorce. Generally the time for completion of this process is 3-5 months.

Divorce for Specific Reason

On the divorce for specific reason, the spouses must have married in the country or at least one spouse must be a Dominican citizen. The most common cause is the incompatibility of the spouses.

In first instance, the estimated time is 6-9 months; however, the duration of this process depends on the complexity of the case and the number of hearings necessary to determine the distribution of assets, custody of minor children and alimony payment.

The essential documents to initiate the divorce for specific reason are:

  • a) Complete copy of the cedula (Dominicans) or passport (foreigners);
  • b) Original or certified copy of the marriage certificate;
  • c) Original or certified copy of the birth certificate of minor children. Upon issuing the divorce decree, it may be appealed within two months from the notification thereof.

NOTE: It is important that foreigners consult with a local attorney if the Dominican divorce is recognized in the country where it will be enforced and whether there are additional requirements to validate it.

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